The annual Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs) highlight the incredible work carried out by institutions for their students. Due to Covid restrictions, this year’s awards were not collected on uni campuses as usual, but instead based on submissions from institutions, which were then judged by our special student panel.
2021 WUSCA winners
Great, looking forward to 3rd year. Enjoying learning the profession of nursing. Feel very privileged to be on the course and putting a lot of effort into doing the best for myself. I'm motivated and drive to learn as much so I can become the nurse I've had the desire to be. I believe I'm in the right place to become successful which is the most important thing. Although the sport societies are nonexistent this does not affect how I view the university. I am very happy without it.
Nursing includes placement so we learn on the job. After we complete the course we obtain not only a degree but also a pin to work which is great
Module layout and time frames are set up not ideal for students. Lectures leaving there post and not having the support that should be in place.
Poor. Don't seem to promote much for the nursing Wrexham Campus. However, the library facilities are great.
Library has plenty of books and is opening up 24/7 facilities so that is great.
Yeah it's within 10minutes drive of the campus and hospital, making it ideal for placements and everyday uni life.
I go to nursing campus at Wrexham, I'm not aware of sports on this side
It's okay I think. Don't really need support personally but if I have a question regarding acedmic work, lectures have been helpful.
i have loved my university experience. except i found halls quite stressful and found private accommodation helped! The course content and tutors are fantastic and the scenery is wonderful.
yes, it holds lots of careers events
the course content is super interesting and the lecturers are interactive with the students. however classes can be 100+ which is less engaging
not fantastic. not felt very welcoming
gym, common rooms all large and good condition. very clean fresh atmosphere
less than a 20 min walk to all facilities so is extremely good
very varied. from scuba to chess
both supports units have been fantastic so far
I have never been more happier than being at uni. I have met so many amazing people, had so much fun and learnt so much about myself and being independent. I settled immediately and felt so at home.
The uni have employability awards to help you get employed
I like most that it’s not all reading notes of their slides but more them talking us through the modules hands on. And they’re all recorded. I hate the least how a lot of things are not explained more in depth and we’re just expected to know it already.
I don’t really know a lot about the student union. If it’s where I think it is (pontio) then I just gotta say that it’s a really cool building. So much space for not a lot though...
Amazing! My lectures are in a huge new lecture theatre with perfect audio and a large screen. They are equipped with a lot of equipment such as MRIs and fairly new computers in pretty much every room. Also, I love all the little cafes!
You can get to anywhere you need to go in 10 min walk from my university which is really handy. The only problems are the hills, lol, but I don’t mind.
There’s pretty much a club or society for everything you could possibly think of. The choices are never ending and all free so it’s great to be involved with it all
The uni do a brilliant job at offering support. We constantly get emails about people we can speak to, places to go, classes to attend etc. With academic support there are extra drop in meetings you can go to every week for all modules and non compulsory classes in our timetable.
It has been great, staff are very supportive and the course is really interesting. It always sparks interest and a desire to look into things more and do extra reading
The variety of sports and societies is absolutely fantastic and it is so varied and diverse
Orientation and registration was really lacking but the University experience has been good otherwise. It's a good community and easy to make friends. I wish they put on more free events.
I thought we would have placements but they don't do that apparently
I wish they were more hands on active out and about learning but there is some variation
Good for my degree
Well I wish they would have told me that all my classes were going to be in normal site, a half hour walk from everything
So many to choose from
I'm loving every second.... and even though the last semester of my third years is very hard going..... I know it wil be 100% worth it. Hoping to get on the MA Social Work degree.............
They are very good on trying to get students involved with this sort of thing...... it's us the students who needs 5o make more effort attending them........ but with work placements.... I do think there should be more....
Most.... no exams..... Least.... the way the lectures are ridiculously spread put for no reason..... 3 hours a week will spread to i.e. 2 days (for people like me commuting.... it's a trek! You're in the car more than you're at the lecture.....
When I used to live in Halls for the first 2 years of my studies.. everything was very approachable by foot and even the Normal Campus which I'm on which is about 1.5 miles from the city/town centre Bangor is situated in a lovely scenic area with mountains and sea very close
There are a lot of societies around at Bangor..... so much I can't remember what they all are!!!!
Very Good..... some lecturers better than others, of course....
Very good so far, I did both undergrad and postgrad at Bangor and both have been very enjoyable and succesfull, I have had no issues at all! I would recommend Bangor to anyone
Careers fairs, workshops, advice, and experince
N/a I am on an independent research course
Good, very in tune with students
Yes very close to everything you need
Very good, the best!
Very good support off tutors at all times
It's been decent - there have been some really good bits and really crappy bits. I've really enjoyed learning about creative writing and feel that my student experience as a whole has been really valuable. The modules I've been studying have been so interesting and helped me develop as a writer, whilst living alone has helped me develop as a person. Despite this, I did go into university having been free of depression and anxiety for at least 6 months, and was once again anxious and wildly depressed within 2 months of starting uni. Since then I have been in hospital for self-harm and attempted suicide a few times. To be fair this might just be that adult life is really depressing more than university, but I have still been very depressed whilst at university. The university has provided me with counselling for free which has been great, and this has definitely helped, so generally my experience so far has been a bit of a mixed bag. I don't think I'd want to have not gone to Bangor University if I had the chance to change my decision.
They do a lot of career's fairs. I have personally never been since I do not anticipate being able to have a career following a creative writing degree, so I feel unqualified to comment. However, within my course, the lecturers have given us a lot of useful advice regarding how to get published as writers and how to make a living as a writer, which was refreshing since I did not expect to be able to make a living as a writer.
I like our workshops for creative writing a lot - the lecturers are great at giving advice as to how to improve pieces and help us to learn how to look at each other's work analytically and give helpful feedback in a respectful manner. Something that does really annoy me however is the insistence of doing group work in classes, since this is invariably completely unproductive and wastes contact time in a way that requires little-to-no-input from our lecturers - this is particularly infuriating since we only have 8 hours of contact time a week so it would be nice if the time was actually used well.
I have literally no idea what they do, but I do know where to find them and I suppose the facilities are quite nice.
Pretty neat. Lots of rooms with chairs and stuff as you'd expect from a university. The accommodation villages also have truly excellent gyms with ample space and great equipment.
Absolutely. Bangor is small so everywhere is close to everywhere, but the university itself is still very centrally located and only a short walk away from both accommodation and amenities.
Very good. There's loads of different societies to join and lots of sports teams. I am personally part of the Role Playing Games society, the LGBT society and the Christian Union and have enjoyed taking part in each of them. I do wish there were sport societies for people who want to play sport for fun without competing or being part of a university team. I would personally really enjoy playing dodgeball or football once a week without the competitive atmosphere.
The actual lecturers and counselling team are brilliant at offering support. I frequently attend my lecturer's office hours and find them very helpful. I have also attended group DBT therapy and personal counselling which has been great. The lecturers and counselors are supportive and knowledgeable. However, both the counselling team and the academic schools are wildly underfunded, and neither is able to provide the support needed to students because they aren't able to hire enough staff, whilst the staff they do have are not paid well. I have friends who desperately need counselling and are depressed and suicidal but the counselling team are unable to provide them with more than an occasional one-off session because they simply do not have the resources. This is unacceptable and needs to be sorted out by the university management, who are letting down the brilliant lecturers and counselors who work to support the students.
So far so good. Best decision to leave home where it is 5 hours away to make the journey to come to a satisfactory university, because now university is considered home unconsciously and miss it when I go back home.
Emails are sent almost weekly with new opportunities being offered for short term/summer term or even long term join opportunities, where some are even paid.
Everything that occurs in lectures is recorded and displayed to the students online thus, cannot have the excuse of not having enough help from teachers. However, to meet up with teachers, one to one can sometimes be difficult due to the need to organise an appointment or having to wait for the open hours of the teachers. By then, some queries would be forgotten or never answered.
Peris is central to all the fun activities that is organised by the university and only 15 minutes walk to any learning building.
Always ready to introduce people to any society and always welcome new comers even if it is half way through a semester. If you never tried a sport or activity, it is easily learned due to well explained instructions and well funded societies.
When appointments was set by teachers, support and advice were given in a very helpful manner which made you feel that it was normal to sometimes feel dishearten or discouraged by a bad grade. When support is given, the body is always filled up with motivation due to understanding that you are not alone in the process of doing a degree. Even with academic appointments, teachers do make sure you are feeling good and do ask if there is any personal problems that may be difficult to over come.
Excellent. Have been at Bangor just for my postgrad (1 semester) and am enjoying it. Excellent uni, excellent school, excellent course, excellent teachers. The whole experience has been very enjoyable so far, and I have achieved good grades. Hope everything continues like this
Lots of career events and opportunities and things to discuss
Favourite - Lots of optional modules which exactly what I was looking for as part of my course. Wanted something that would lead me into academia, this allowed me to take modules that were interesting but mostly focus on a research component. Least favourite component - unknown, it is an excellent course
Unknown but hear good things
Excellent library / resources. Food services, at least the café is substandard - pontio food is nice though -
It is far away from the accommodation, however this was an intentional choice. The university itself is very close to all other amenities. However, the uni provides services such as a café, for which the food is substandard.
Unknown - but here good things
Personal tutor does not contact often, even when stated that we should be hearing. Disability service is excellent compared to previous uni, although mentor is average